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Horseshoe Crab Quota & Landings Data

Updated: June 27, 2022

The commercial horseshoe crab quota for 2022 is 150,000 crabs pursuant to subdivision 44.3 (b) of 6 NYCRR. The quota distribution plan for horseshoe crab is as follows:

2022 Horseshoe Crab Quota Distribution Plan
Period Dates Quota (# crabs) Trip Limit (# crabs) % Distribution
1 Jan 1 - Apr 15 6,000 30 4%
2 Apr 16 - Aug 31 138,000 150 92%
2-closed May 28 - June 1 closed 0 0
2-closed June 12 - June 16 closed 0 0
3 Sept 1 - Nov 30 6,000 250 4%
4 *Dec 1 - Dec 31 To Be Determined To Be Determined To Be Determined

*Period 4 fishery will open if there is quota remaining and 90% reporting compliance.

Check Commercial Harvest Limits for the current trip limit and fishery status information.

The Horseshoe Crab Quota Distribution Plan may be modified by NYSDEC subject to the following criteria:

  • Trip limits may be adjusted to spread allocation over each period and avoid fishery closures when possible.
  • Overharvest or under harvest from Period 1 and Period 2 will be deducted from or added to the next period.
  • If there is quota remaining at the end of Period 3, the remaining quota may be made available in Period 4. Initial harvest limits for Period 4 will be determined by the amount of available quota remaining.
  • Fixed gear may remain in-place during scheduled Period 2 fishery closures.
  • If a period's quota is projected to be exceeded, actions may be taken, up to and possibly including closure of the remaining period until the next period, to preserve quota for subsequent periods.
  • Under harvest from 2022 will not be rolled into 2023.
  • For more information on horseshoe crab management, visit Commercial Limits for Lobsters, Crabs & Whelk.

Horseshoe Crab Landings Summary

2022 Horseshoe Crab Landings Summary (# of Crabs)
Week Dates Trip Limit Recent
Landings
Cumulative
Landings
Remaining
Period Quota
% Period
Quota
Remaining
Annual Quota
1-15 1/1-4/15 30 crabs 0 0 6,000 0% 150,000
16-17 4/16-4/29 150 crabs 0 0 138,000 0% 150,000
18 4/30-5/6 150 crabs 308 308 137,692 0% 149,692
19 5/7-5/13 150 crabs 301 609 137,391 0% 149,391
20 5/14-5/20 150 crabs 6,748 7,357 130,643 5% 142,643
21 5/21-5/27 150 crabs 5,967 13,324 124,676 10% 136,676
22 5/28-6/3 150 crabs 19,821 33,145 104,855 24% 116,855
23 6/4-6/10 150 crabs 11,693 44,838 93,162 32% 105,162
24 6/11-6/17 150 crabs 13,929 58,767 79,233 43% 91,233
25 6/18-6/24 150 crabs 2,969 61,736 76,264 45% 88,264

Keep track of weekly commercial landings by visiting NOAA Fisheries Quota Monitoring (leaves DEC website).


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